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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

‘Deeply effective & emotionally engaging’: BKLYN THE MUSICAL – Lambert Jackson Productions (Online review) by Louise Penn

BKLYN the Musical is assured, confident and dynamic, while staying true to its source material. I thoroughly enjoyed its innovation, cleverness and attention to detail.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

‘The music is magical & the visuals impressive’: DREAM – Royal Shakespeare Company (Online review) by Louise Penn

Dream, using motion capture of actors, animation, music and some audience interaction, is not an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but is inspired by the forest presented within it.…

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

‘Never flags in its delivery or pace’: WHERE THE BUGABOO LIVES – Little Angel Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Where The Bugaboo Lives is the Little Angel’s first Zoom production, performed live. It joins the productions which have been available for free on their YouTube channel during theatre clo…

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

‘An innovative & imaginative piece’: CURSE OF THE CRACKLES – Shoreditch Town Hall (Online review) by Louise Penn

The world premiere of “the great sonic adventure” Curse of the Crackles proves to be 45 minutes of utter fun. Find yourself a dark space or wear an eye mask, plug in your headphones, and…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

‘The music is absolutely beautiful’: LOVE IN THE LOCKDOWN (Online review) by Louise Penn

A web series from medieval music group The Telling, written and produced by their artistic director Clare Norburn; the third episode of Love in the Lockdown will land on YouTube on 23 March …

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

‘A narrative that entertains & educates’: JINA & THE STEM SISTERS – HMDT Music (Online review) by Louise Penn

Jina and the STEM Sisters is the story of young aspiring scientist Jina, who meets key women from the fields of Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as she tries to find her way home.…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

‘Pulling back the layers’: BIRDS & BEES – Theatre Centre (Online review) by Louise Penn

A production of the Theatre Centre, in association with Soho Theatre, Birds and Bees is an important new dramatic addition to the discussion around sexting, consent, and “revenge porn”.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

‘A light touch & a dose of laughter’: FABLES AT THE KITCHEN TABLE – Stute Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Soph is a storyteller, sharing tales from Aesop’s Fables to a virtual audience of school groups on Zoom. Fables at the Kitchen Table is the latest show from Stute Theatre, aimed at childre…

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

‘Intriguing piece’: 24, 23, 22 – Chronic Insanity (Online review) by Louise Penn

24, 23, 22, the latest production from theatre whizzes Chronic Insanity runs about 48 minutes, and is viewed across two devices (computer and phone).

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

‘Not simply a journey through history’: The Road to Prominence / Break Free – Thespie (Online review) by Louise Penn

Thespie has launched its newest concerts in celebration of Black musicians and composers, and of LGBTQIA+ performers. These are now available on demand, and their proceeds go to Black Lives …

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

‘A entertaining confection in the old Broadway style’: DADDY LONG LEGS – Boulevard Productions (Online theatre) by Louise Penn

Daddy Long Legs is an entertaining confection in the old Broadway style, filmed before an audience at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, and presented by Boulevard Productions.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

‘Your chance to boogie in the stars’: HOTLINE – Tron Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

A new audio experience from Tron Theatre and Produced Moon, Hotline is an interactive piece over the telephone, concerning a call to the Moon.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

‘Each performance is well worth seeing’: SECRET SOCIETY OF LEADING LADIES – Barn Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The Secret Society of Leading Ladies is the latest initiative from the Barn Theatre and it gives you, the viewer, the power to create your own concert.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

‘Simply unmissable’: THE COLOR PURPLE – Curve Leicester (Online review) by Louise Penn

I have loved both book and film of The Color Purple for as long as I can remember. Alice Walker’s novel of strong black females in an America which sees them as not just second-class citiz…

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

‘Perhaps the best one yet’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 5 The Classics of Broadway (Online review) by Louise Penn

We are now into a third lockdown, but the Theatre Cafe and Adam Blanshay Productions continue undeterred with the Theatre Channel’s musical theatre spectaculars.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

‘A hard-hitting fusion of text, images & sound’: AND BREATHE – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Twelve minutes is the average lifespan of a plastic bag, we are told at the start of Mark Conway and Alex Packer’s hard-hitting fusion of text, images and sound, And Breathe.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

‘Beautifully written & engagingly performed’: ALL ON HER OWN – stream.theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

All On Her Own is an unusual monologue which holds the attention throughout; although perhaps the borderline hysterics of the original version are ultimately truer to the play as written.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

‘Amusing look at love in lockdown’: VALENTINE’S SKETCH SHOW – Northern Comedy Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The material in Valentine’s Sketch Show feels a little rough at times, but when things click and the company runs with it, you do have a giggle. However, Northern Comedy Theatre (ba…

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

‘A quirky addition to the ‘shows at home’ space’: MANIMALS (Online review) by Louise Penn

Michelle Hudson’s love life is the anchor on which this “NSFW” Zoom show and online app is tethered. Manimals is an interactive show/online game presented as a workshop launch for a ne…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

‘Now & again a synergy of performance, tech & location is achieved’: ROMEO & JULIET (Online review) by Louise Penn

This Romeo and Juliet is an inclusive and diverse production which should please those who wish to see something taking technological risks with a classic piece.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

‘It pulls back the curtain to look beyond the headlines’: MUM CAN YOU HEAR ME? – Living Record estival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Streaming as part of the Living Record Festival, this audio play by Bernadett Szabo, for Peripeteia Theatre Company takes inspiration from the recent people trafficking scandal resulting in …

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

‘Keeps enquiring minds entertained & educated along the way’: THIS NOISY ISLE – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Streaming as part of the Living Record Festival, This Noisy Isle is an audio drama for children based on The Tempest with stories and activities, a prologue, four tracks and story packs. …

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Friday, February 5, 2021

‘This is as honest as it gets’: A BLOODY SHAMBLES – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

This 20-minute audio play is written, performed and sound-designed by Ella Dorman-Gajic. A Bloody Shambles shares a day in the life of Jess, who suffers from both heavy flow and period pover…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

From online festivals to streaming platforms, here’s a digital theatre catch-up to lift your spirits by Louise Penn

Welcome to our first 2021 round-up of digital shows available for you to watch in the next few weeks. From large-scale musicals to Zoom experiences, student showcases to the Bard, fi…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

‘The friendly chemistry zips off the screen’: FALLING STARS – Union Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Falling Stars, a loving musical tribute to the great songwriters of the first three decades of the 20th century, is now streaming for a second time on stream.theatre.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

‘We should listen & we should be angry’: TAKE CARE – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

With the current pandemic crisis facing the NHS, it is timely for Écoute Theatre to revive Take Care, its verbatim piece on informal carers and social care funding.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

‘It does & should make a viewer think’: We Ask These Questions of Everybody – soundfestival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Produced by HERA, We Ask These Questions of Everybody uses text drawn from real conversations; samples, soundscapes and singing. It is performed by a cross-genre, all-disabled ensemble, plac…

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

‘A tower of strength in the female-led space’: GIRLPLAY – [email protected] (Online review) by Louise Penn

Rampant Collective’s latest show GirlPlay is a wickedly funny exploration of teenage sexuality and female curiosity.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

‘Some scenes are all-out hilarious’: I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE – Lambert Jackson Productions (Online review) by Louise Penn

The latest digital show from Lambert Jackson Productions and the London Coliseum is the Off-Broadway hit, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

‘Slap ’N’ Tickle’s feminist voice has triumphed in this film’: THE MEAT CABARET – [email protected] (Online review) by Louise Penn

A vicious satire on the beauty industry as depicted in the media, The Meat Cabaret is Slap ‘n’ Tickle’s new show. An abrasive musical which makes up in innovative ideas for any lack of…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

‘It’s all rather lovely’: ISLANDER – Radio 4 (BBC Sounds) by Louise Penn

New musicals like the award-winning Islander continue to challenge the status quo of what the genre can offer. The two-hander cast of Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick p...

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